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Ultimate San Francisco Guide by Neighborhood

November 06, 2020
San Francisco is a unique city, to say the least! You may think you've got a good idea of what this place really is, but when you actually go here, you'll realize that, perhaps, you weren't that on the mark than you thought. This isn't to say that what you've been told or what you've seen about San Francisco online, in movies, on TV, and more have been wrong, but rather, you'll never get a good sense of the city unless you've actually been to it. As a whole, San Francisco is made up of different neighborhoods that are more different than the next.
Ultimate San Francisco Guide by Neighborhood


Bayview

Lively, diverse, electric, delicious, communal—these are just some of the best words to describe the Bayview area in San Francisco. Yes, the peak of this neighborhood gives you a stunning view of the bay as well as the rest of the city, but that's more of an extra benefit of living here than anything else. What you'll enjoy most about this place the most is the rich diversity in communities, restaurants, and colorful culture. It is, after all, a historically and largely African-American district in the city.
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Castro

It's no secret that most of the world regards San Francisco as a gay capital in the world. The city is known to be a haven for the LGBTQIA+ community, most especially the Castro neighborhood. You'll instantly see it from the rainbow-rendered road markings, the gay-friendly establishments, and most especially the huge Pride parade during Pride month. If you're a member of this community, this is your best choice of a home when you decide to visit or even move to San Francisco.
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Central Market

With the cable cars zooming around and the hordes of people walking about, the Central Market district of San Francisco is undoubtedly one of, if not its busiest area. Ironically, however, this isn't exactly the corporate center of the city. The arts dominate here, from the Golden Gate and Orpheum theaters to the International Art Museum of America and other similar galleries. Not to mention the cool jazz clubs that light up the district once the sun goes down!
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Mission District

San Francisco's Mission District is one of those places that have drastically changed over time. The way it is now is worlds apart from what it used to be just a couple of decades ago. Back then, the area was a major immigrant haven, the nestling ground for Polish, German, Irish, Italian, and Latin American immigrants. Though the neighborhood today remains just as diverse, instead of just Italian restaurants, Irish pubs, and Latin hotspots, it's become a Silicon Valley-like area with so many tech startups and small businesses setting up shop here.
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Haight-Ashbury

In terms of a residential area in San Francisco, Haight-Ashbury is your best bet. It's here where you'll see the iconic classic Victorian houses all lined up on the hills of the city like they're legos or something. It's a relatively suburban part of the city, though it's not as quiet and peaceful as one. There's still a bit of an urban vibe to it too. In this district, you'll still see a few restaurants, cafes, barbershops, boutiques, and even some of the city's best hospitals too.
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Chinatown

Arguably one of, if not the busiest district in the city, San Francisco's Chinatown is one of the most famous in the world. Many major cities have their own respective Chinatowns, but among them, the one here is possibly the most popular. And it's not just because many movies and TV series have been shot here. But rather, there are so many things to see, do, and eat here that other Chinatowns in other cities almost pale in comparison.
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Japantown

You didn't know that San Francisco also has a Japantown, did you? A little slice of Japan in the Bay Area, this district is one of the oldest remaining of its kind in the entire country. Of course, it's the sumptuous Japanese cuisine that dominates the restaurants here that will attract people to go or even move here. Most especially the upscale sushi and more humble ramen places. But other reasons to go here include visiting the shopping complex, The Japan Center, and the Northern California Cherry Blossom Festival held every August.
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Embarcadero

If the Embarcadero area in San Francisco seems very lively, it probably means the US Job Market is looking strong! How so? Because this place is the city's financial district. While most residents here might live in the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood, a lot of them probably go to work in the Embarcadero district. And business travelers who go to the Bay Area city for work probably stay here as well, most especially since there are a lot of luxury hotels here, such as the Hyatt Regency and Le Meridien, among others.
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Pacific Heights

One of the city's most famous attractions, the Palace of Fine Arts, is located here in the Pacific Heights district. A Roman-style rotunda surrounded by a beautiful lake, it's an Instagram snapshot waiting to happen. You'll likely see a lot of photoshoots around this part of the area as well. But that's not the only reason you ought to visit the place. If you're moving here, Pacific Heights is another more residential district in San Francisco. It's a nice balance of suburban peace and an urban lifestyle.
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Hayes Valley

Home of the stunning City Hall of San Francisco, Hayes Valley is one of the more bustling parts of the city. Though if you're not into the civics stuff that's common here, you'll likely appreciate the many restaurants that offer authentic Californian cuisine here. Think sumptuous seafood and delicious meats that were cooked just right. Family places that are lively enough but not so rowdy that they'd stress the kids out. And many other culinary hotspots your taste buds ought to travel through.
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If you haven't been to San Francisco yourself, you don't know the city at all! The many neighborhoods and districts here define the Bay Area city, and only by visiting, seeing, and exploring it yourself will you get a good enough look at what the place really is!

All of these amazing neighborhoods have their fair share of luxury homes! So if you ever move here, you'd do well in picking one!




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San Francisco - Lake Street I

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